Who Would Win The Group of Five Heisman?

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We’re less than a month into the 2023 college football season but have already seen a number of difference-makers on both sides of the ball from coast to coast. Outside of the sport’s “Power Five” conferences, there has been a litany of star powered performers out of the gate — ranging from do-it-all quarterbacks like Kaidon Salter of Liberty and Western Kentucky’s Austin Reed to factor backs like Marshall’s Rasheen Ali and Nate Noel of Appalachian State.  

BetKentucky.com - thinking with a Kentucky sports betting mindset - will be updating odds weekly on a hypothetical market for a Heisman winner coming from the Group of Five conference teams.  

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Group of Five Heisman Trophy Odds:

While this trophy doesn’t actually exist, we will update this weekly as a hypothetical market as the regular season unfolds. Should be fun to track even if Kentucky betting apps won't have these odds, BetKentucky.com will have them for you every week this college football season.

Player Team Odds % Chance
QB Kaidon Salter Liberty +600 14.3%
QB Austin Reed Western Kentucky +900 10.0%
QB Darren Grainger Georgia State +1000 9.1%
QB Mikey Keene Fresno State +1000 9.1%
QB Grayson McCall Coastal Carolina +1250 7.4%
RB Rasheen Ali Marshall +1900 5.0%
RB Nate NoelAppalachian State +1900 5.0%
QB Byrum BrownSouth Florida +2000 4.7%
RB Marcus Carroll Georgia State +3000 3.2%
RB Ashton Jeanty Boise State +3000 3.2%
Other +250 28.6%

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Quintet of Quarterbacks Atop Week’s G5 Heisman Leaderboard

Western Kentucky’s senior signal caller is no longer our No. 1 Group of Five Heisman candidate, thanks to being on the wrong end of a 63-10 shellacking at the hands of the No. 6 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday. Reed has now been replaced by Salter of Liberty, who led the Flames to a 55-27 win over Buffalo on the road last week — thanks in large part to a career-best 344 passing yards and five touchdowns.  

The sophomore from Cedar Hill, Texas topped his memorable Saturday with 66 rushing yards and a score, to give him 12 touchdowns through three games for the Virginia university. More importantly, the Flames are now 3-0 this year with wins over Bowling Green (34-24), New Mexico State (33-17) and Buffalo, giving Salter further claim to the Group of Five Heisman trophy. Other names to keep an eye on for the hypothetical award through Saturday’s action include Georgia State QB Darren Grainger and Fresno State QB Mikey Keene, who are both listed at +1000, and Grayson McCall of Coastal Carolina, who comes in at +1250. 

The highest ranked non-QB on our list was Ali of Marshall and Noel of App State, both of whom are listed at +1900 on our list through three weeks of football action.  

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Author

Christopher Boan is a staff writer for BetKentucky.com. He has covered sports and sports betting for more than seven years and has worked for publications such as ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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